Tuesday, June 18 2002
When Take 6 dropped their self-titled debut in 1988, contemporary R&B and gospel were both at crossroads and the idea of an a cappella gospel
You don’t really know the band. You might think you do, but you don’t. In fact, chances are good you’ve not only
Under the moniker Kleenex Girl Wonder, hometaping wunderkind Graham Smith has been churning out records for the pop underground with startling prolificacy since the mid-‘9
In a small village of 50 inhabitants in northern Corsica, two brothers, Jean-François and Alain, learned to sing from their father, Ghjuliu Bernardini, himself a
It’s not a bad way to break into the music biz: a couple friends run into each other at an airport, they decide to
With their debut and sophomore releases on Deep Elm records, NYC four-piece Camber found themselves in the uneasy position of being in possession of a
Whenever you see a band listed as being reminiscent of Paul McCartney, or called “McCartneyesque”, you know what you’re going to get: great melodies,
The dynamic concept intrigued me from the start, but if the participants and crew weren't enjoying themselves, well, it would be like watching Martha Stewart.
As to the rejection of my understanding of the connection between lesbianism and witchcraft on 'Buffy', I have never said that BVS's creator or writers made a conscious (and consciously homophobic) decision to directly cast lesbianism as social pathology and physical addiction.
Monday, June 17 2002
The No-No’s have a chip on their shoulder about the size of Portland. Well, it is Portland, actually—Portland, Oregon—the place they call
Christy McWilson is often described as the queen of Seattle alt.country. While it’s true her version of country is not anyone’s idea
John Darnielle writes lots of songs. However, unlike, say, Bob Pollard, who also writes lots of songs (half of which are brilliant and half of
I’m likely not the only Iron Maiden fan who lost track of the band after 1992. In the four years that followed 1988’s Seventh Son
Sidetracks is Earle’s collection of what he calls “stray songs”, songs that never made it to albums, or which can only be found on obscure compilations, soundtracks, or import editions of his albums.
Call it the R&B equivalent of the old Paul McCartney joke, but somewhere around the time Lionel Richie found himself swimming in hit
With mainstream jazz yet again struggling for sales there is almost a cynical logic to this release. Verve are the most commercially astute of the
Saturday, June 15 2002
Since Eminem has worked overtime to stir up trouble, all this attention isn't surprising. But it can also be depressing: for the most part, responses to Eminem are all about containing a perceived threat, making Eminem ordinary.
From the moment he took his first Benzedrine tablet in 1957 until his attempted suicide in Nickajack Cave 10 years later, Johnny Cash's musical output was more fertile and prolific than at any other period in his career.
Thursday, June 13 2002
“It’s all folk music to me. I never heard no cows singin.’” —Attributed to Sonny Boy Williamson Every once in awhile, in the oceans
A weird little trend that’s been growing over the past few years has been bluegrass bands covering tunes from other genres, and in that